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own & some other Tribes to the relief of his people & to Attack
the Ozages [Osages] if he could find them, I have not heard
from him Since his departure; but soon after the Chief left
home a Small Child of his family Carrying some fire Either
in or out of his house Set it on fire, it was very Large and com-
posed of a frame of Timber covered with Thatch upon Ribs of
Cane & Burnt up in a few Minutes, with all he had in it, &
his Corn House with his whole Crop of Corn; the disasters of
this year bear very hard upon them & Strengthen their claim
upon us for some Assistance. There are now At the Conchetta1
Village 23 Barrels of Flour remaining of what was left there
by Major Freeman, it is Said to have received Some damage
by getting wet and would not be Worth the Expense of bringing
it down. If so, I think by dividing of it among the Caddos it would
have a good Effect, & be the best appropriation of it, when
Major Freeman left this [Natchitoches] he left with me Some
Instruction about his Boats & in Case the Voyage should not
be renewed,'2 the River is now ten feet higher than it was
when he went up it last Summer, the Boats might have been
easily brought down, I shall attend carefully to any Instruc-
tions I may receive about them, Should it be concluded to have
the Boats brought down it will require 25 Men, it will be Ex-
pensive hiring hands here, & the commanding officer will require
an Order to furnish them.
Inclosed is a Small Acct. for ten nights & days Service in
attending the Sick at this Post while the troops were at the
Sabine River. I had a great deal of fatiague with them. You
will please dispose of it as you May think proper.
Sir Most Respectfully
Your Obt. Hble Servt.
"The Spanish spelling is Conchatas. Sibley's spelling is Conchattas in
his report, "Historical sketches of the several Indian Tribes in Louisiana."
The first time Sibley uses the name in this letter he spells it Conchattas.
However, within this same letter, and all letters which follow, he uses the
form Conchette more frequently than Conchattas. Annals of Congress,
9th Cong., 2nd Sess., XVI, 1085.
12In April, 1804, Thomas Freeman was appointed by President Jefferson
to explore the Red and Arkansas Rivers. The expedition was postponed due
to the hostile attitude of Spanish officials; and not until April, 1806, did
Freeman begin his journey up Red River. After traveling three months
the Freeman expedition was stopped by a party of Spanish soldiers sent
by Commandant General Salcedo to find Freeman and to prevent the fur-
ther exploration of this area. He was checked in his exploration at a point
where the present boundaries of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas meet.
Dictionary of American Biography, VII, 13.
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